Courses for Spring 2020

Title Instructor Location Time All taxonomy terms Description Section Description Cross Listings Fulfills Registration Notes Syllabus Syllabus URL Course Syllabus URL
LALS 071-401 Modern Latin America, 1808-Present Melissa Teixeira MW 11:00 AM-12:00 PM This course examines central themes of Latin American history, from independence to the present. It engages a hemispheric and global approach to understand the economic and social transformations of the region. We will explore the anti-imperial struggles, revolutions, social movements, and global economic crises that have given rise to new national projects for development, or have frustrated the realization of such goals. Taking a historical perspective, we ask: What triggers imperial breakdown? How did slaves navigate the boundary between freedom and bondage? Was the Mexican Revolution revolutionary? How did the Great Depression lead to the rise of state-led development? In what ways have citizens mobilized for equality, a decent standard of living, and cultural inclusion? And what future paths will the region take given uneasy export markets and current political uncertainty? HIST071401 History & Tradition Sector (all classes) <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Registration also required for Recitation (see below)</span>
LALS 078-401 The African Diaspora: Global Dimensions Roquinaldo Ferreira MW 05:00 PM-06:30 PM This class examines the cultural and social ramifications of the African diaspora on a global level. It is divided into two major sections. The first section provides the historical background to the African diaspora by focusing on the forced migration of Africans to Spanish and Portuguese colonies in the Americas. We will then delve into the black experience in French and British colonial spaces. In this section, we will also endeavor to move beyond the Atlantic-centric paradigm in studies of the African diaspora by examining free and unfree migrations of African people across the Indian Ocean to places as far away as India and the Philippines. The second half of the class devotes significant attention to the historical legacy of slavery and colonialism in places like Brazil, Cuba and the United States. In this section, we will discuss such issues as race relations, the struggle for civil rights for African-descent people as well as the emergence and the implementation of affirmative action policies in places like Brazil and the US. AFRC073401, HIST078401
LALS 107-401 War On Drugs in Latin America Dorothy J Kronick T 01:30 PM-04:30 PM Freshmen seminars are small, substantive courses taught by members of the faculty and open only to freshmen. These seminars offer an excellent opportunity to explore areas not represented in high school curricula and to establish relationships with faculty members around areas of mutual interest. See PSCI010401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Freshman Seminar</span>
LALS 121-401 Silver and Gold in the Americas From Pre-History To the Present Ann C. Farnsworth-Alvear MW 02:00 PM-03:30 PM Precious metals have shaped economies and socio-cultural processes in the Americas for thousands of years. Students will work with pre-Columbian gold objects held by the University Museum and be introduced to the long history of indigenous metallurgy. We will also analyze the way gold and silver sent from the "New World" to the "Old World" played a key role in changing economies around the globe. Locally, mining centers were places marked by forced labor, conspicuous consumption, and the destruction of ecosystems. Internationally, gold and silver prices had outsized effects on monetary and trade policies. This course uses case studies to delve into the fascinating history of precious metals and mining in North and South America. We will analyze documents describing the gold objects ransacked by Spanish conquistadors, examine 17th Century proto-industrial silver mining at Potosi, Bolivia, trace the impact and human cost of the huge gold strikes in Minas Gerais, in colonial Brazil, read new work on the California and Yukon moments of "rush", and briefly discuss the role of precious metals in money laundering. An introductory unit focuses on the history of the gold standard in the United States and internationally. HIST121401
LALS 158-401 Music of Latin America Timothy Rommen TR 01:30 PM-03:00 PM This survey course considers Latin American musics within a broad cultural and historical framework. Latin American musical practices are explored by illustrating the many ways that aesthetics, ritual, communication, religion, and social structure are embodied in and contested through performance. These initial inquiries open onto an investigation of a range of theoretical concepts that become particularly pertinent in Latin American contexts--concepts such as post-colonialism, migration, ethnicity, and globalization. Throughout the course, we will listen to many different styles and repertories of music and then work to understand them not only in relation to the readings that frame our discussions but also in relation to our own, North American contexts of music consumption and production. (Formerly Music 158). MUSC258401
LALS 179-401 The Rise and Fall of the Spanish Empire Antonio Feros TR 10:30 AM-12:00 PM This course will provide students with a solid knowledge of the history of early modern Spain (1450-1700). Through readings of primary and secondary texts that offer a complex vision of the cultural, religious, intellectual, and economic contexts and processes, students will be able to appreciate the intricacies of Spain's historical evolution. The course focuses on the rise and decline of the Spanish monarchy: the conditions that enabled Spain to become the most powerful monarchy in early modern times, and the conditions that led to its decline. This course also touches upon other important aspects critical to understanding early modern Spain: relationships among Christians, Muslims, and Jews in the Iberian Peninsula; the conquest and colonization of the New World; and early modern debates about Spain's rights to occupy America and the so-called "destruction of the Indies." HIST179401 History & Tradition Sector (all classes)
LALS 208-401 International Organizations in Latin America Catherine E.M. Bartch TR 10:30 AM-11:50 AM International Organizations (IOs) play a powerful role in mitigating conflict at the global level. What role do they play in solving problems related to global politics, economic development, corruption, inequality and civil society in Latin America? How much power, influence and control do they possess in the region? This course examines the role and impact international organizations have had on Latin America since the mid-20th century. After a review of theoretical and methodological perspectives on the significance of IOs in international relations, students will examine the workings, issues and often controversies surrounding IOs in Latin America, including the IMF, World Bank, UN, OAS and ICC as well as regional organizations such as the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and area trade blocs and agreements of Mercosur, NAFTA and others. There will be a special focus on the Organization of American States in preparation for the Washington Model OAS students will be invited to attend from April 6-10, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Students attending this simulation will represent the delegation of Dominican Republic. In addition, the course hosts policymakers and scholars as guest speakers throughout the semester. PSCI208401
LALS 231-402 Culture and Identity of the Lusophone World Mercia Flannery TR 10:30 AM-12:00 PM Topics vary. For current course description, please see department's webpage: PRTG221402
LALS 233-401 From Coca To Cocaine Ann C. Farnsworth-Alvear F 01:00 PM-04:00 PM Topics vary HIST233401
LALS 233-402 Taking Off: How Some Economies Get Rich Melissa Teixeira W 03:30 PM-06:30 PM Topics vary HIST233402
LALS 233-403 Animal,Vegetable,Mineral:Culture, Tech, & the Columbian Exchange, 1450-1750 Marcia Susan Norton W 02:00 PM-05:00 PM Topics vary HIST233403
LALS 233-404 Abolitionism: A Global History Roquinaldo Ferreira R 01:30 PM-04:30 PM Topics vary AFRC234404, HIST233404
LALS 240-401 Topics in Lusophone Culture - Society and Visual Arts Carlos Bento Dos Santos Pio MW 02:00 PM-03:30 PM Topics vary. For current course description, please see department's webpage: CIMS232401, PRTG240401
LALS 250-401 U.S. Intervention in Latin America Dorothy J Kronick MW 02:00 PM-03:00 PM Why has the United States government participated in regime change in Latin America? How have these interventions affected Latin American political and economic outcomes? How have they helped or hurt U.S. interests in the region? This lecture course provides an introduction to the history and politics of U.S. participation in regime change in Latin America since 1949. For each event, the course will help students understand (1) the goals of the U.S. government; (2) the historical and political context of the intervention; and (3) the outcomes and consequences, both in Latin America and for the United States. One set of short writing assignments will train students to identify the main argument of a reading and assess the quality of the evidence presented in support of that argument; a second set of short writing assignments will train students to make and defend their own argument (see draft syllabus for details). PSCI250401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Registration also required for Recitation (see below)</span>
LALS 273-401 The Immigrant City Domenic Vitiello W 02:00 PM-05:00 PM This course focuses on immigrant communities in United States cities and suburbs. We survey migration and community experiences among a broad range of ethnic groups in different city and suburban neighborhoods. Class readings, discussions, and visits to Philadelphia neighborhoods explore themes including labor markets, commerce, housing, civil society, racial and ethnic relations, integration, refugee resettlement, and local, state, and national immigration policies. The class introduces students to a variety of social science approaches to studying social groups and neighborhoods, including readings in sociology, geography, anthropology, social history, and political science. Ultimately, the class aims to help students develop: 1) a broad knowledge of immigration and its impacts on U.S. cities and regions; 2) a comparative understanding of diverse migrant and receiving communities; and 3) familiarity with policies and institutions that seek to influence immigration and immigrant communities. SOCI270401, URBS270401 Society sector (all classes) <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Permission Needed From Instructor</span>
LALS 359-401 Nutritional Anthropology Morgan K. Hoke MW 05:00 PM-06:30 PM The course is an introduction to nutritional anthropology, an area of anthropology concerned with human nutrition and food systems in social, cultural and historical contexts. On the one hand, nutritional anthropologists study the significance of the food quest in terms of survival and health. On the other hand, they also know that people eat food for a variety of reasons that may have little, if anything, to do with nutrition, health, or survival. While the availability of food is dependent upon the physical environment, food production systems, and economic resources, food choice and the strategies human groups employ to gain access to and distribute food are deeply embedded in specific cultural patterns, social relationships, and political and economic systems. Thus, nutritional anthropology represents the interface between anthropology and the nutritional sciences, and as such, can provide powerful insights into the interactions of social and biological factors in the context of the nutritional health of individuals and populations. Because food and nutrition are quintessential biocultural issues, the course takes a biocultural approach drawing on perspectives from biological, socio-cultural and political-economic anthropology. Course content will include: a discussion of approaches to nutritional anthropology; basics of human nutrition; food systems, food behaviors and ideas; methods of dietary and nutritional assessment; and a series of case studies addressing causes and consequences to nutritional problems across the world. URBS359401, ANTH359401
LALS 382-401 Blackness in Latin American Visual Culture, 16th-19th Centuries Helen Melling MW 02:00 PM-03:30 PM The presence of Africans and their descendants produced a complex visual culture in colonial and 19th century Latin America. This course introduces students to a rich body of imagery from the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking Americas in order to explore the multiplicity of meanings ascribed to Blackness across the region; from colonial conceptions rooted in lineage and bloodlines, to the construction of race as an material and biological 'fact' in the 19th century. Sources include the casta paintings of colonial Mexico, fashion and material culture, the popular iconography and print culture forged by costumbrismo, and late 19th century photography. Focusing on several countries including Brazil, Cuba, Mexico and Peru, this seminar provides a thematic exploration of these sources through topics including slavery, citizenship, national identities, religion, self-fashioning and resistance. The aim is to explore how ideas of Blackness were configured, imposed and remade, through representations of Afrodescendants in the visual arts, and the production and use of visual and material culture in Black self-fashioning and collective identities. AFRC382401, ARTH308401
LALS 386-401 Madness and Women in Contemporary Hispanic Literature Maria Victoria Garcia Serrano MWF 11:00 AM-12:00 PM This course covers topics in contemporary Spanish Culture, its specific emphasis varying with the instructor. Please see the Spanish Department's website for the course description: SPAN386401
LALS 388-401 Crossing Borders in Hispanic Cinema Reyes Caballo-Marquez MWF 01:00 PM-02:00 PM Topics vary. Please see the Spanish Department's website for the current course description: CIMS388401, SPAN388401
LALS 396-401 Contemporary Columbian Literature: Violence and Redemption Oscar Montoya MWF 10:00 AM-11:00 AM Topics vary. Please see the Spanish Department's website for the current course description: SPAN390401
LALS 396-402 El Desierto: Latin American Literature of the Desert Ashley R Brock TR 03:00 PM-04:30 PM Topics vary. Please see the Spanish Department's website for the current course description: SPAN390402
LALS 397-401 Colonial Latin American Literature and Culture Jorge Tellez TR 01:30 PM-03:00 PM Topics vary. Please see the Spanish Department's website for the current course description: SPAN396401
LALS 398-401 What Is Mexico? Questioning Mexican Icons Jorge Tellez TR 10:30 AM-12:00 PM Topics vary. Please see the Spanish Department's website for the current course description: SPAN397401
LALS 398-402 Breathing Into the Chaos: Culture and Society of the Spanish Caribbean Odette Casamayor TR 12:00 PM-01:30 PM Topics vary. Please see the Spanish Department's website for the current course description: SPAN397402
LALS 425-401 Latin@ Cultural History: the Resiliency and Impact of Latin@ Cultural Expressions in the Us Johnny Irizarry T 05:30 PM-08:30 PM This course takes a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of the resiliency and impact of Latin@ cultural and artistic contributions, esthetics, expressions and institution building int he United Stats from the Civil Rights Era to the present. We will explore how Latin@s arguculturally defining being "American"; how their artistic expressions fit and influence the creativity and productivity of American and global Arts & Cultural expressions; and the Latin@ interactions of race, culture, society, economy and politics in the U.S. SOCI425401
LALS 510-401 Inner Outer Space Travel Writing: A Creative Writing Workshop Ricardo Bracho R 04:30 PM-07:30 PM Inner Outer Space Travel Writing is a creative writing workshop focused on writing work within the science fiction/speculative fiction/alternative futurities, science/land/travel writing, and creative-critical nonfiction traditions. Students will work within a variety of genres, with an emphasis on the essay, the short story, screen/tele-play, play, blog and performance. Students will read recommended texts from within their particular interests, and the course will culminate in both a public performance and dissemination/publication via another media platform (zine, website, podcast, etc). All levels of experience, from none/first-time writer to published writers, are encouraged to register for the course. GSWS510401, ENGL131401
LALS 527-401 Market Women, Madames,Mistresses & Mother Superior Grace Louise B Sanders Johnson T 01:30 PM-04:30 PM SPRING 2017: Market Women, Madames, Mistresses & Mother Superior studies gender, labor, sexuality, and race in the Caribbean. In our historical examination of primary source documents alongside literature, and popular media, we will question some of the iconic representations of Caribbean and Latin American women in order to understand the meaning, purpose and usages of these women s bodies as objects of praise, possession, obsession and/or ridicule by communities, governments and religions within and outside of the region. Beginning in the late-18th century and ending with contemporary migration narratives, this course considers the relationship between slave society and colonial pasts on gender performance in the modern Caribbean, Latin America, and their diasporas. AFRC527401, GSWS527401
LALS 588-401 Race, Nation, Empire Deborah A Thomas W 02:00 PM-05:00 PM This graduate seminar examines the dynamic relationships among empires, nations and states; colonial and post-colonial policies; and anti-colonial strategies within a changing global context. Using the rubrics of anthropology, history, cultural studies, and social theory, we will explore the intimacies of subject formation within imperial contexts- past and present- especially in relation to ideas about race and belonging. We will focus on how belonging and participation have been defined in particular locales, as well as how these notions have been socialized through a variety of institutional contexts. Finally, we will consider the relationships between popular culture and state formation, examining these as dialectical struggles for hegemony. GSWS587401, AFRC587401, ANTH587401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Undergraduates Need Permission</span>
LALS 590-401 Study of Class, Race and Empire in the Americas Jennifer Lyn Sternad Ponce De Leon T 06:00 PM-09:00 PM An introduction to major literary movements and authors from five areas of Francophonie: the Maghreb, West Africa, Central Africa, the Caribbean and Quebec. ENGL590401, COML590401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Undergraduates Need Permission</span>
LALS 683-401 Collective Violence, Trauma, and Representation David C Kazanjian
Kevin M.F. Platt
W 06:00 PM-09:00 PM This seminar is organized as a laboratory space for graduate students and faculty working in a number of adjacent fields and problems. Seminar discussions will be led not only by the primary instructors, but also by a number of guests drawn from the Penn faculty. For the first weeks of the course, we will focus on seminal works in the interlinked areas of history and memory studies, cultural representations of collective violence, trauma studies, and other related topics. Beginning with the Xth week of the course, we will turn to case studies in a variety of geographic, cultural and historical contexts. Additionally, some later sessions of the course will be devoted to a presentation and discussion of a work in progress of a Penn graduate student, faculty member or a guest lecturer. COML683401, REES666401, ENGL791401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">For Doctoral Students Only</span>